Proponents of an Arizona ballot initiative that would have amended the state Constitution to prohibit single-payer and similar healthcare reforms are conceding defeat.
We have been following the ongoing counting of ballots throughout the state, but it is becoming apparent that Proposition 101 will lose by an extraordinarily small margin, probably within about one-half of 1%, according to a written statement from Medical Choice for Arizona.
Proposition 101, the Freedom of Choice Health Care Act, would have amended the Arizona Constitution to provide that no law would restrict a person's ability to choose a private health plan or interfere with an individual's right to pay directly for medical services. This would include prohibiting enactment of a single-payer or other universal healthcare system.
Opponents of the measure included the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and Gov. Janet Napolitano. -- by Rebecca Vesely